In this review, we'll take a look at some features of Adobe Premiere
I think the programmers at Adobe simply placed a nice user interface on top
of Adobe Premiere Pro to create Premiere Elements. There's a taskbar that guides
you through the workflow, from capture to exporting. To help beginners, Adobe
added a number of customizable presets for common operations, such as PiP
effects and still-image pans and zooms.
The main screen in Adobe Premiere Elements
Capturing Your Video
Using Adobe Premiere Elements to capture video is a fairly straight forward process. Elements will capture via Firewire, using either a camcorder or analogue capture via a analog-to-digital conversion device.
Once you've captured the raw video, there are a
few things you can choose to do. A nice tool is to use Scene Detect,
which automatically detects various scenes in the entire footage and exports it
to the timeline. If you've used Pinnacle Studio Plus, you'll realize that
Premiere Elements does not allows you to control brightness, contrast, hue,
saturation and audio levels before or during capture.
The timeline in Elements opens with 4 tracks
showing: 2 video and 2 audio. Audio or video tracks may be added, and the link
between captured audio and video can be broken so that clips can move
independently. You can place transitions between 2 adjacent clips on the time
line - and there is a wide variety to choose from.
Integration with Photoshop Elements
If you edit photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements, you'll be pleased to know
that Photoshop Elements can be used to edit any image on the Premiere Elements
timeline. Once edited, the image on the timeline is updated automatically. This
tight integration with an image editor is not found in competing products like Ulead VideoStudio and Pinnacle Studio Plus.
A note about audio capabilities to highlight here. In Elements, like in most
other video editing programs, you need to record voice overs separately and then
import it to the project. This is where Pinnacle Studio outshines over virtually
every other editing program - you can record direct to the timeline.
Burning the edited video onto a DVD is always a problem for many consumers who are just starting out in digital video production. Fortunately, in Adobe Premiere Elements, the process is extremely simple.
The program provides 33 DVD menu templates, most of which are stunning. The
program will automatically generate DVD menu markers, or you can set them
manually in the timeline quite easily. However, there are restrictions - you can
customize only text, neither can you modify the backgrounds that come from the
Although it has many great features, Adobe Premiere
Elements is not without its quirks. In my test run, I found that Premiere
Elements was very finicky with my MSI DVD burner during the DVD burn process. I
had to render the files to a folder and then use a separate DVD burning
application (Nero Burning ROM) to burn my video.
On the whole, Adobe Premiere Elements is a nice consumer video editing program that will please many. By incorporating high-quality effects and precise controls, along with a chroma key tool and picture-in-picture options, Premiere Elements is will allow you to make amazingly good movies. Definitely worth a look for the budding videographer.
Incidentally, if you're also looking for a image photo editing application, you should know that you can buy Adobe's bundle (combining Premiere Elements with Photoshop Elements) for $150 - a real bargain.
The All-In-One Video Editing Program
Frustrated by your video editing efforts? You try your best but just can't produce a professional looking movie? Well, then check out Movavi Video Suite. This all-in-one package contains powerful yet easy-to-use tools for any video processing need - edit, enhance, convert and share. You can easily create brilliant movies by adding special effects and convert your video into any of 170+ video formats, or burn it to Blu-ray Disc & DVD.
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